Week of Prayer – November 15, 2016
“But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind…” Luke 14:13
It takes a lot of work to throw a good party. Hours spent on choosing the menu, preparing the dishes, decorating, setting up, and tearing down. When a guest comments, “Your feasts are to die for!,” any host would blush and feel it all worth the effort.
At one particular potluck, Jesus is overheard commenting to his host: “Your socials really are to die for, but I have a way they could actually resurrect people. What if, when you give a feast, instead of investing your time, talents, influence, and expertise for those who already think you’re special, try going an extra mile for the other… for the one you’ve yet to get to know… for the one you may even suspect is your enemy.”
“Perhaps, at your next get-together,” Jesus nudges, “You’ll make ready a seat for those whose lame bodies cannot manage a standing ovation; you’ll fold the linen napkins for those whose hands are too crippled to applaud; you’ll display your finest crystal for those too blind to see.”
As in countless other points in his ministry, Jesus reminds us of our God who cares not for a “tit-for-tat-reality,” where love is only shared between equals, but envisions with us a world based on a welcoming love that transforms differences and ultimately dismantles death. This kind of hospitality not only is to die for but will bring God’s people back to life; and when the dead are raised, that’s a celebration worth attending!
God of the feast, strengthen, encourage, and nourish those laboring with Bridge of Hope this day that through their work of compassionate hospitality, and unconditional welcome, lives are restored and joy overflows. Amen.
Rev. Sheri Weaver
Sheri Weaver is a pastor with the Church of the Brethren in PA and served previously as the Director of Church Development & Evangelism for the Atlantic Northeast District. She has served at churches that have had Bridge of Hope mentoring groups. Sheri and her husband, Mike, have 2 young children.
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